last wednesday, i received a call from the recruitment office of toshiba. told me i've been scheduled for an exam at 8 o'clock friday morning. i didn't know where they at so they directed me how to go there step by step. "sakay ka sa may farmers ng papuntang balibago. pagkumaliwa na sa coke, sakay ka ng tricycle papuntang gate 1. pagdating sa gate 1, sakay ka ng jeep papuntang gate 3. dadaan na yun sa toshiba. sabihin mo sa guard, for exam ka.."
and so it happened...
woke up at 5am. left the house at 5:40. bukas pala zipper ko. nasira pa sandals ko.... is this some kind of a sign??? got to cubao at 6:10. ang tagal mapuno ng shuttle. left cubao to balibago at around 6:45. trapik. arrived at gate1 at 7:45. waited for jeep... Oh my gulay! late na ako.. boarded the jeepney to gate3 at 8am. oops! lumagpas ako ng toshiba..so naglakad ako pabalik..
chx to guard: "sa HR po? for exam.."
guard to chx: "naku! sa main un."
dalawa pala ang toshiba sa laguna technopark. malay ko ba? hindi ko kasi natanong..
chx: "malayo po ba yun?"
guard: "ay oo! sabay ka na lang sa van. may aalis papunta dun ng 8:15."
may mga employees akong kasabay. tapos huminto ung van. may mga bumaba. edi bumaba na din ako. ang daming tao, as in madami...
chx to some girl waiting for something: "umm, for exam ka din ba?"
girl: "hindi. fourth interview ko na 'to." wow! lucky you..
chx to guard: "for exam po"
guard: "hintay ka tawagin ang pangalan mo o kaya tanungin mo sa information"
chx to receptionist: "blah blah blah..."
receptionist: "bat ngayon ka lang!?!!! ang taray! puno na ang slots. 100 per day lang ang nag-eexam!"
natigilan ako dun... natameme..
chx: "ganon po ba? may ibang schedule pa ba po ng exam?"
receptionist in her taray mode: "balik ka na lang nxt wk. tuesday to friday."
chx to rachel: "huwaaaaat!!! grabe...ang lungkot..."
rachel: "told you so... late ka kasi lagi eh...balik na lang tayo nxt wk"
chx: "ayoko na. tinatamad na ako."
rachel: *shrugs* "well, wala naman talaga sa plano ntin 'to."
chx: "uwi na tyo... sm tyo! sale ngayon =D"
so ayun...habang naghihintay ng jeep pabalik ng gate1 tumitingin-tingin ako sa paligid... pakshet! IMI pala ito.. hindi 'to toshiba!!!!
rachel: "anak ng... ang bobo mo talaga..."
chx: "sori...late na kasi tayo e..may mga bumaba kasi dito.."
rachel: "ako rin e..all i wanted is to get hold of that exam.."
chx: "now what?"
rachel: "uwi na nga tlaga tyo. from the start pa lang hindi na maganda e..."
sa gate1, hindi ko alam kung ano ba talaga gagawin ko so i called up tin..briefly told her what happened and asked her what to do. she said i should notify the HR and ask to be rescheduled or something...that is if i'm serious about getting a job. i told her, "inapply ko to bago magdecide talaga na after board exams na maghanap ng trabaho. kaya honestly, feeling ko naglalaro lang ako."
and honestly, i was afraid of doing something that may further jeopardize my review. i haven't started with my review and i'm having serious problem with my lazy syndrome. what more if i get this job?!?!? heck! my parents are not even pressuring me to find a job. however, i gave the recruitment guy my commitment to take the exam, so i was thinking whether it was professional or even ethical to just leave the situation like this.
that does it. i called the recruitment office of toshiba. told them i was scheduled for an exam at 8am but i'm very late. it's already 9am, could i still take the exam? the person at the other end of the line told me YES! she also asked me where i am, whether im at the guard house. i said yes. she told me ok and wait for my name to be called.
this time, i made it to the right toshiba site. i went straight to the guard and told them i was scheduled for an exam. the guard told me to wait for my name to be called. names were called every now and then but i never heard mine. i was able to have a chat with a girl scheduled for an interview at 8am. she was there on time but its already 10am and her name wasn’t called yet. well, at least there's someone else in the same waiting ordeal.. after 4hrs of nonsense waiting... she finally got interviewed and i finally got the guts to call the recruitment office again. they were surprised i still haven't taken the exam. i was told i should have called them up as soon as i get there. damn right i should have done it hours ago. that is if they really told me to call them again. anyways, i forgive that bitch who doesnt want to take the blame and so told a lie. it was a misunderstanding...honga naman, guard house din naman ung nasa gate1... and yeah! it was my fault i was late.
i took the exam. it wasn't that tough but still i had a headache afterwards. i guess my grey matter is in dire need of exercise.
and i guess i learned a lot today...most definitely, I did.